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Pleasanton Weekly endorses McNerney for Congress

Original post made by Chet, San Ramon, on Oct 15, 2010

The Pleasanton Weekly today endorsed Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) for re-election on Nov. 2.

McNerney is being challenged by Republican David Harmer, a San Ramon attorney.

The newspaper said its staff first met McNerney when he and his wife Mary stood at the corner of Farmers Market and Main Street seeking votes for his singular effort among Democrats to challenge Richard Pombo's re-election bid for the 11th Congressional District.

"Few stopped to shake his hand, but we did and took an immediate liking to this long-time Pleasanton homeowner-turned-citizen-activist whose son urged him to challenge Pombo when other Democrats wouldn't," the newspaper said.

McNerney lost that race but came back strong in 2006 to win the Democratic Party nomination and in November the Congressional election. He did it again in 2008 and the Pleasanton Weekly is again supporting his bid for re-election to a third term in office on Nov. 2.

"Not only has McNerney made his mark in Washington and the district he serves, especially in areas of energy, transportation, education and veterans' affairs, but he continues to be our 'Congressman on the corner,' as he likes to call his frequent Pleasanton chats on Main Street and in other Tri-Valley locations," the Weekly's editorial states.

"Whether it's serving meals to homeless veterans at the recent Stand Down at the Fairgrounds or at neighborhood homecomings when we gather to welcome back Pleasanton military men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan, McNerney is there with a Congressional citation in hand," the editorial continues. "He comes back from Washington almost every weekend to his home in Val Vista where he and his wife Mary have raised their children and are often seen at hometown events such as First Wednesday street fairs.

The Pleasanton Weekly's editorial adds: "His Republican challenger in this year's election is David Harmer, a San Ramon attorney who has represented the Pacific Legal Foundation and is campaigning as a lifelong Ronald Reagan Republican. Except for a pre-primary reception at Barone's Restaurant and an invitation-only speech at Castlewood Country Club, where he unknowingly crossed a union picket line, we've seen little of Harmer in Pleasanton. We appreciate McNerney's efforts to work for the constituents in his hometown and the 11th Congressional District that he represents and urge voters to cast their ballots for his re-election on Nov. 2."

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Posted by GX
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Good thing I have the ability and willingness to think for myself. It looks like many others do too:

GOP 11th Congressional District nominee David Harmer has a six-point lead — 48 percent vs. 42 percent — over incumbent Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney in an exclusive KPIX-commissioned poll released tonight.

SurveyUSA called 750 people between Oct. 8-11 using an automated telephone system.


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Posted by Duh !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Duh ! Unnecessary and really redundant to bother. I'm sure there are no readers and no commentors who had any doubts ! ! ! There has never been any doubt nor any objectivity.


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Posted by just a citizen +fam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Wow just read this. But talk about timing. Was just thinking today about calling calling the PW. Never liked the way it contaminated my mailbox .

Second thought, its great to line the bird cage and kitty litter with.....and always good when you need to do an oil change.

4 votes for HArmer from this household!

Thx PW for confirming I did the right thing!


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